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Today on the Southern Bride Blog we have a wonderful and informative guest blog with our friends at Heirloom Cuisine.  Brides, take note! Heirloom Cuisines discusses many key things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a caterer for your big day, budget, quality, presentation and more.

What is most important to you, as a bride, in selecting your caterer? Is it budget/cost? Food quality? Presentation?

Nearly every bride-to-be has a dream wedding in her own mind. This fantasy is something that bride has been envisioning since she was a little girl. Choosing a caterer is more than just food – it can make or break the reality of that vision.

Nestled in the rolling hills of St. Francisville, Louisiana is a place that helps make dreams come true – at Heirloom Cuisine, it’s our job to turn these dreams into reality.

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Heirloom Cuisine is a full-service caterer serving clients from New Orleans to Natchez. We don’t believe in simply meeting a client’s expectations, we believe in exceeding them. Over the years, we have learned a few things about bringing dreams to life. Here are a some tips to keep in mind when choosing a caterer for your dream wedding:

Budget/Cost

Do you know your budget? Can your caterer create the menu of your dreams within that budget? Does this price include plates, forks, glassware? What about labor? Mobile Kitchen fees, etc.?

Bringing a dream wedding to life can be restrained by a budge. Is the caterer willing to work with you in creating a wedding that’s in your budget? If they aren’t, ask them whom they’d recommend. An experienced caterer will know who in the area is a better fit for you.

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Food Quality

How do you know the caterer you are looking at has good food? Have you attended anything they have catered? Do they have a good reputation? Do you know anyone else who has used them?

A lot of bridal magazines and such recommend asking for a private tasting. But did you know that cooking 5-8 items for just 2-5 people can cost a caterer hundreds of dollars? Not all caterers offer “private tastings”. Here at Heirloom Cuisine, we offer a “group tasting” once a year and then offer potential brides the opportunity to come to bridal shows, galas, etc. we are participating in.

It is not necessarily important that you taste every morsel of food that you may or may not have at your reception… but it is important that you are comfortable with the caterer’s overall food quality.

Presentation

You probably have some ideas about what you you’re your food tables and bar to look like. Talk to your caterer about your “vision”. Show them pictures.

At Heirloom Cuisine, we have overlays in 26 different colors and 5 different fabrics. We provide these on the buffet and/or bars for décor to add a “pop” of color and tie our display in with your vision.

We also have platters in silver, pewter, glass, wood, porcelain, etc. We can create a vintage look, a modern look, a classic look, a rustic look, etc. using these different platters, bowls and “props”.

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Experience

Sure, 10 years of experience sounds great on paper, but what does that mean for you and your wedding? What are the types of events that the caterer specializes in? What are some notable events they’ve done? Make sure to use social media to your advantage. Check the caterer’s Facebook page or website to get an idea of what they are capable of. If you’re still unsure, ask for a portfolio of their latest work.

Heirloom Cuisine is one of the only caterers in the Baton Rouge area that has a classically trained Chef on staff.  Jason Roland graduated from the Culinary Institute of Art in Hyde Park New York – the nation’s premier cooking school.

Caryn Roland, the catering manager, has experience in 4 and 5 star hotels planning weddings, social events and high end corporate retreats and conventions.

This experience shows in our ability to create the whole package – to us, it’s not just about the food, but about the overall experience.

Individuality

This one ties into experience. You want a caterer that can help make your wedding unique and memorable. Does everything in their portfolio and online look similar? Do they have set menus that you have to choose from? What are they willing to do to make your big day special?

Whether it is surprising the groom with a “groom’s cake” of butler passed beignets & café au lait, or a surprise late night pass around of mini corndogs, or a demitasse cup of truffled mac & cheese with panko bread crumbs, we try to think “out of the box” to make your event tailored to reflect your personality.

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Whether it is surprising the groom with a “groom’s cake” of butler passed beignets & café au lait, or a surprise late night pass around of mini corndogs, or a demitasse cup of truffled mac & cheese with panko bread crumbs, we try to think “out of the box” to make your event tailored to reflect your personality.

Like other major milestones, your wedding is one of life’s most precious moments. Your caterer should work with you to ensure that your vision for this special day becomes reality. Heirloom Cuisine hopes you keep these tips in mind as you select a caterer for your wedding.

To learn more about Heirloom Cuisine, visit heirloomcuisine.com and also look for them in the current Summer/Fall issue of Southern Bride.

{photos by warrenconerlyphotography.com and were provided by Heirloom Cuisine}

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